Invitation to June Elk River Shooting Camp

The Elk River June Shooting Camp starts the 25th and goes through the 27th. This is in the middle of the week following the Mt Itasca camp which starts on the 19th through the 23rd. Ideally you would attend both camps. But as a minimum you should get to one of them!! At Mt Itasca we do a lot of testing—both physical and shooting to establish your personal baseline or to measure your improvements. At Elk River we will focus on ski technique, shooting skills, and range procedures on roller skis.

Coming up in July we will start our summer series of biathlon races on roller skis at Elk River… we expect you to participate in those!!

If you plan to attend a camp or both, and have not yet contacted me-please do so this weekend! We are trying to set up logistics and tracking openings. We still have some room at Mt Itasca along with 5 slots at Elk River.

So get out the door—take your training seriously! 
And Enjoy the Journey!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

May 10+10 results for shooting contest

If you have not already done so, please send in a picture of your best 10+10 target for May. I will tabulate that with those I already have, and on Wed I will send out the results for May. Then get cracking and send in your June results. At the end of June we will add the two together and the winner will get a free brick of ammo from MNBiathlon!

All ages from both WI and MN are invited to participate.

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

First June Camp 2019

Just in from Vlad. This is the invitation to the First June Camp [19th thru 23rd] including the waiver, plus the tentative schedule of events. The camp will accommodate a wide range of abilities and is designed to build your ski and shooting skills. Just as this past weekend, you will get coaching appropriate for your level at this point.

Housing will be similar to this past weekend. Camping at Mt Itasca, staying in the waxroom, or on your own. The more who stay at the venue, the more fun it is for all!!

The camp is designed primarily for Boys/Girls; Youth and Juniors. Ages 14 though 21. For those 12 or 13 yr olds who are fairly mature, you should talk to Vlad or me about whether the camp is for you. You would need to have a parent with you.

Please let me know, along with Vlad, if you plan to attend.

As to the followup camp in Elk River, I am still working on logistics for housing, camping etc. I will try to get out an invitation in a couple of weeks. At this point I would like to limit that to 10 participants due to the size of the range, and will favor younger athletes. If we don’t fill with those, we can accommodate some seniors and masters via a waiting list. Hope that works.

If the demand is really high [over 10] we will rethink the format and have two groups doing alternate activities..roller ski focus and shooting/combo focus, switching back and forth.

Again, Enjoy the Journey!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Cloth rifle cases and magazines

Coming up this weekend is the May shooting camp. As I get rifles ready, cleaning, adding parts missing, and doing repairs and some upgrades, I find I am short of rifle cases and magazines.

Over the past couple of years we have updated some of the cases to Rossignol or ?. In doing so, you may have kept a black cloth case. If so, please bring to the camp this weekend.

Then magazines. Seems like every year we are short. This year, so far with the rifles I have in hand, I am missing 6. And I have a few more to collect yet. Each year MNBiathlon buys 2 or more at $85 each, only to find the next year we are short again. So if you have extra magazines [clips] from when you had a MNBiathlon rifle in hand, please, please get those back to me.

Thanks for helping!!
Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

Shooting Contest is Officially Open

Good Morning Everyone,

The 10+10 shooting contest is officially open!

10 ring 50 meter paper-2 targets See links at the bottom for an example.
[Note: if you print off one of the enclosed—be sure the black diameter =112.5 mm..not the normal metal opening of 115.0 mm. These are break-line targets while the metal is designed to fall with 1/2 a bullet in the black from a split round on the rim.]

2 magazines prone on one and 2 standing on the other. 5 shots each time in position [not one shot drills] Step off the shooting mat between magazines.
After zeroing only the athlete can scope the target between magazines and make their own corrections. Coaches can not give corrections after zeroing.
You can not scope each shot—only between magazines
If the shot breaks the line it counts up
All rings count—even those outside biathlon hits

You can do this on any 50 meter range, but specify if it is indoors.

You can send your results to me either as a score from your coach or take a pic of the two targets and send me that and I will score. Once you send in the first one—only send me more if you score a new PR for the Month!! I would like the score sent in to be in the format of P+S=T. That way we can see how you are progressing in each position.

I will have a spread sheet set up and enter your score. At the end of June we will again look at your best 10+10 shot target for the month of June. We will add the two best scores [May + June] together and the winner from MN or WI will get a brick of ammo compliments of MN Biathlon! We have already had requests from WI to have their shooters entered in the contest, so MN, get dialed in!!

If this goes well, we will likely have another contest in July and August with a test on paper involving range procedure.

Enjoy the Journey!

Bill Meyer, Coach
MNBiathlon

2019/2020 Minnesota Biathlon Membership

MN Biathlon + Nisswa NW, Duluth Esko, Alexandria, Mt Itasca —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Bluff Country Biathlon, Red Wing —– $30.00

MN Biathlon + Twin Cities Biathlon [includes use of Elk River Range] —– $150.00

MN Biathlon + TC Biathlon+ Coached Weekly Summer Shooting at Elk River —– $300.00

[ Note: does not include cost of ammo nor cost of any club rifle lease made available, nor US Biathlon membership due in Oct each year] [Each club may have separate membership/training fees]